Varsity Theater

Moro Street,
Manhattan, KS 66502

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Located in the college town on Manhattan, Kansas in Aggieville. Probably built in the late-1960’s and closed in the 1980’s. A small long narrow theater with old Brenkert reel to reel projectors. Operated by the Commonwealth Amusement Co., it played special midnight showings like “Rocky Horror Picture Show” for years. It was last operated by Dickinson Theatres.

Contributed by D. W.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 30, 2009 at 12:18 am

The Varsity opened on February 26, 1969, according to the March 17 issue of Boxoffice. The opening feature was “Romeo and Juliet.” Like most Commonwealth circuit theaters of the period, it was designed by Milton Costlow & Associates of Overland Park, Kansas.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 21, 2011 at 12:13 am

CinemaTour gives the address of the Varsity Theatre as 1125 Moro Street. The structure on that lot is a typical old commercial building, so the theater was probably converted from retail space when it opened in 1969. The current use of the building appears to be offices for the publishers of a university-related sports magazine called Powercat Illustrated.

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